With the help of Alex Silver-Fagan, an incredibly successful fitness trainer sponsored by many high-end brands, is featured in several professional publications, and has a significant social media following at just the age of 25-years old, we will set you up with the tools you need to develop your own overnight success story.
Here’s the Complete List of Tips:
Network and create a community around you of people from all different industries. Send e-mails, Instagram direct messages, or Facebook comments and ask people to grab a coffee to pick their brain face-to-face. First, talk to people that are doing what you’re doing, ask them how they got to where they are now and learn from their story. Then, move on to people from relatable industries such as producers, writers, photographers, event planners, etc. So often you will be given opportunities simply because you know someone. It doesn’t always come from a casting. The more contacts/friendships you have in your back pocket, the more natural connections to opportunities you will have.
Don’t be afraid of hearing no. More people will say yes than no. You’re giving them an opportunity to speak about themselves and their passion, they are also in the industry of helping others and they’re likely to want to help you too.
There’s a common fear of over-sharing with a consequence of people stealing your ideas. There is definitely a line, however the power of collaboration is greater than this. We all do similar things, there are only so many ways to teach someone to do a squat, right? But only one person can do it the way you can. Even if something is taken from you, the way another person does it will be a very personal spin of your original intention. You’re more likely to gain than lose from that connection. They have their own following, network, and set of connections that they can share your name, brand, intention with to help you grow further along with their own knowledge and experience in the industry.
Always say yes to opportunities. It is okay to say no when you feel it in your gut that its not right for you. But when you are first starting off, you want to say yes as many times as possible. You don’t know what it is going to lead to. Even if it is unpaid, if you’re passionate about what you’re being asked to do, go for it and trust that it will lead to better things in the future.
Have an online presence that is professional. Yes – Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are all very useful tools, but you want to have something that is uniquely yours. It doesn’t need to have a bunch of bells and whistles, but you need a professional landing page that is simple and easy to find. This will be much more useful than a flyer or a business card in this day in age. Many places are free, and if you want to purchase your own domain (“YourName.com”), its very cheap (often $1)!
Continue to learn and connect with those inside your community. Take class, try out other instructors’ techniques and give them your own twist, see what works and what doesn’t. Don’t be afraid to share what has helped you and encourage others to do the same. As long as it’s done with the intention of connecting with others, the authenticity will be seen and your generosity will be rewarded.